Last week was a difficult week for Shortwave Radiogram. The transmission from Bulgaria Saturday at 1400 UTC was canceled too late for me to notify you in the weekly email. It is uncertain whether a Shortwave Radiogram broadcast from Bulgaria will be restored. I am exploring other transmission possibilities. For now, best reception in Europe is probably Saturday at 0230 UTC on 9265 kHz and Sunday at 2330 UTC on 7780 kHz. These are both inconvenient hours for European listeners. Some listeners leave their radios and Fldigi on all night and see the results in the morning. The Audacity timer record feature can also be useful.
Also last weekend, Sunday at 0800 UTC, 5850 kHz was not heard from WRMI because of a transmitter issue. However, parallel 7730 kHz was on the air. Both frequencies should be available this weekend.
Please note the new frequency of 15120 kHz for the WINB DRM transmission Fridays at 1500-1530 UTC.
Transmissions to listen for: The International Space Station is transmitting SSTV (PD120) again this weekend until Sunday at 1800 UTC on 145.8 MHz FM. See this press release. And another art project involving SSTV is under way. This time artist Lucy Helton is transmitting SSTV (Martin 2) from Iceland on 14227, or thereabouts, in the 20 meter amateur band. The project continues through 23 April. Information at lucyhelton.com.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 95, 12-14 April 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:39 MFSK32: Program preview
2:46 International Space Station is brimming with bacteria
6:28 MFSK64: First photo of black hole*
11:03 Solar cycle 25 predicted to be similar to cycle 24
13:59 Images of the week
27 11 MFSK32: Closing announcements*
* with image(s)
Please send reception reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Slow Scan Radio transmits SSTV images and text modes Saturdays at 1300-1330 UTC on 6070 kHz and 7440 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany. (Channel 292 will be off the air 15-26 April 2019.) The website is http://www.slowscanradio.com. Reception reports to email@example.com.
The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ andhttps://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/.
“This is a Music Show” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, 5850 kHz, Thursday 0100-0200 UTC (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show.
New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1200 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1200 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32 (PA NBEMS is experimenting with Thor 50×1 for messages). Messages generally use the Flmsg add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America, feel free to check in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check in, and most of the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send me an email to email@example.com , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I will let them know you are tuned in.